The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network, an initiative to advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.
The program, funded by the DOE, aims to identify networking opportunities and best practices while addressing the challenges typically faced by energy start-ups.
NREL says the effort will have a dedicated website that will include information on funding, laboratory and event resources, as well as an evaluation toolkit to guide start-ups based on their commercialization readiness level.
For its part, EPRI will share strategies across industries and help facilitate connections between leaders in the clean energy incubator space.
‘With the issues consistently seen when transferring clean energy technologies to the market, this type of incubation is particularly challenging,’ says Beth Hartman, EPRI's project manager for the new network. ‘To address these challenges, the network will help leading incubators in the clean energy industry learn from each other how to best find resources for supporting entrepreneurs. This support of entrepreneurs will also include connecting them with innovative partners from established industry leaders.’